This paper presents a controller design methodology for vibration suppression of rotor systems in noncollocated sensor/actuator configuration. The methodology combines the experimental design method of quality engineering and the active damping control technique such that their advantages in implementation feasibility and performance-robustness can be integrated together. Compared with LQ-based design, the controller order is smaller and it is applicable to systems in an operation speed range. In addition, neither preselected sensor/actuator location nor state measurement/ estimation is needed. By using the locations of sensor/actuator and the feedback gains as design parameters, the controller is shown to achieve the best possible system performance while maintaining the closed loop system stability. Analyses also show that, contrary to common believe, the performance of a closed loop system with noncollocated sensor/actuator can be superior to that with a collocated one.